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Teo:Americans often use after instead of past in telling the time, for example, ten after six.
But do Americans say half after ... in telling the time?
"Half past" isn't used very often.
I know it's very idiomatic, but you'd be more likely to hear "I'll be there about quarter after, maybe 6:30 if the traffic is bad." Or even "I'll be there about 6:30, maybe quarter of, if the traffic is bad." In a situation like that, where it's clear from context that you mean "quarter to 7:00," you'd leave that off in speech."
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